First of all, sincere apologies for not posting anything over the last couple of months - life has been incredibly hectic both at work and at home. I have spent the last couple of months fighting a viral and bacterial chest infection!! Barring my incredibly sore/painful ribs and back I think I am back to 80%! Its pretty tough running a business through illness but added to this my daughter had her tonsils out.... then got rushed back in with a bleed - every parents worst nightmare... ANYWAY! All is well now so lets focus on what you came here for - my latest GUITAR news!....
At Christmas I introduced Crafter into my list of personally recommended guitar lines. In my Regent Guitars days I was a big fan of these guitars but with 4 years passing by I was keen to check them out again. Oh my goodness. Not only are they every bit as good as they were but in several ways they are better than ever.
If I were to sum up the current environment I would say manufacturers are struggling to produce guitars at the prices of 4 or 5 years ago. Cost of production, transport, raw materials all up combined with a deflated market (low demand) all adds up to a rise in unit costs to the end user. MOST guitars are now made in China and Indonesia to keep costs low but somehow Crafter are one of the last remaining producers of quality acoustic guitars to remain in Korea.
The Crafter acoustic guitar factory not only produces their own guitars but is also responsible for making other highly reputed acoustic guitars (such as Breedlove). There is no question that Crafter are one step up from Cort guitars who have been suffering quality issues on their higher range models and are now focusing on the sub £300 guitars.
If I were to say where Crafter "specialise" I would have to say £300-£500 electro acoustic guitars. I am yet to experience a Crafter that wasn't produced to a very high standard for the price but the combination of stunning detail, high class asthetics, superb build quality and first class pickup systems by LR Baggs (AND gig bags on most models!) ranging from £270 makes Crafter the current benchmark brand for affordable mid range electro acoustic guitars - no question.
Personally recommended Crafter Electro Acoustic Guitars under £400...
Crafter Hilite TE CD/VTG (£279 Online)
Crafter TC035 (£350 Online)
Crafter AGE400 SP (£359 Online)
Crafter GAE-15/N (£379 Online)
You will always find these models on display at my showrooms where I always focus on my personally recommended models.
I will steadily add the full Crafter Guitars catalogue between all my other activities but rest assured the models I have listed to this point are the stand out models in the catalogue and as such represent the benchmark in their genre.
Hope this helps!
As always, I am available most hours by live help via my online catalogue.